Colorado

Mar 23, 2011 5:16 PM by Greg Boyce

Winds ease, help fire fighting efforts near Golden

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Fire crews fighting the wildfire burning in the foothills west of Denver are getting some help from the air. The Jefferson County sheriff's office says an air crew is flying above the fire and letting ground crews know of any changes in fire behavior. Helicopters are also dropping water on the fire.

Winds gusting up to 75 mph on Tuesday had grounded air support but winds have now eased. Authorities say the strong winds actually prevented the fire
from spreading because the winds caused the fire to burn back on itself.

The fire has burned nearly 2 square miles and is 20 to 25 percent contained. About 290 firefighters are assigned to the blaze, and more were on the way.

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